Beyond Planets is an album that brought together a group a musical talents with a wealth of experience between them, who took time to make something special. It wasn’t rushed or thrown together, it was meticulously loved and and nurtured into a collection of superb tracks that speak volumes about it’s pedigree and it’s genre.
It’s hard not to get excited about albums like this, when you’ve been treated to little snippets of the finished article for months, knowing that the bar is set very high when it comes to the writing, performance and production. Knowing both the band and the music very well it wasn’t hard to form an opinion about Beyond Planets, I knew it was going to be great, the question was… how great?
When you take a band like Naked Lunch, who have been performing and honing their talents for more than three decades, and add in the Exquisite Beauty and Awesome Talent that is Jet Noir then you know things are going to be great, so take that and throw in new record label Sub Culture Records and it all gets very exciting. The few songs we were able to sample highlighted where in the spectrum of Electronic Music Naked Lunch were taking themselves, without question they had set out to prove they were bringing something new, but in Beyond Planets they really blow everyone else out of the water.
The pace is maintained at a typically mid-flow rate throughout the album, lifting you just high enough to get you moving without ever letting you lose focus on what this is about. In the depths of this album the quality of the construction shines as you are taking through layers of electronic mastery, massaging your brain into letting go and exploring the far reaches of it imagination. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Beyond Planets a journey, musically, lyrically, and in some respects for some people maybe spiritually if you are linked to it in such a way, but that is where the key of this genre is, the ability to construct a journey with an unimaginable variety of sounds, textures and feelings.
There’s a lot here, the geeks amongst you will appreciate the way each sound is developed, whilst the musicians will immediately reflect on the beat and the lyrics. Tracks like Alone, Slipping Again, Again and Rabies really bring that old school electronic sound but in all of it there’s a touch of the modern. Everything here has so many facets and that is what really good electronic music is about, layers and layers of greatness sliding together to make you feel good.